The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa interim government has affirmed Rs 300 million to support players for worldwide events and exposure, especially the individuals who performed optimum in any version of the under-23, Quaid-e-Azam trophy or inter-provincial games.
The director general sports Junaid Khan announced policy in front of the press. He said sponsoring the players for international events was actually part of the mega project launched in 2015 with the name of Under-23 Games. He said the project had been approved till 2022.
It is a historical moment for the players of KP that the summary submitted by the directorate of sports has been approved with an annual grant of Rs300 million, he said, lauding the role of secretary sports Mohammad Tariq Khan, former chief secretary Azam Khan and former chief minister Pervez Khattak for giving the project a go ahead.
Junaid Khan said the U-23 games were launched in 2016 at a cost of Rs30 million wherein initially 3,500 players, both boys and girls, took part; and in the second edition in 2017 costing Rs 75 million, the number of athletes increased to 8,500. He maintained that a record number of 11,500 players participated in the recently concluded third edition of the games 2018, costing Rs 200 million. He said there were three major segments of the project –holding of U-23 games, award of sports scholarships to the budding and talented players and issuing of grant-in-aid to the players to get international exposures.